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The Wharton Advanced Finance Program (AFP) is a unique, world-class opportunity for senior-level executives and high-potential professionals to learn and master finance. Wharton AFP provides a tailored learning journey that capitalizes on the participant’s current knowledge of finance. Also, the learning environment in many of the finance programs is further enriched by renowned industry leaders and experts who reveal best practices and share highly relevant experiences from the industry front lines. Throughout the learning journey, participants will experience highly personalized service from Wharton. From the application process and program selection, to executive coaching and one-on-one feedback, participants will have the support and guidance of world-renowned business experts at every step.
A highlight of this program is the four 5-day face to face sessions at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, spaced across the duration of the course over two years. The program fees include stay and the majority of meals at the Steinberg Conference Center, a 103-room full-service hotel and classroom facility on Penn’s campus.
Executive coaching is a distinctive feature of the Advanced Finance Program experience. Deliberately designed and based on the latest management research, the experience will deepen the participant’s self-awareness and reveal leadership blind spots. Expertly trained, highly experienced executive coaches, who use evidence-based techniques to promote leadership development, will find the most effective methods to motivate and inspire participants. Their main objective is to help participants achieve the most impactful results in the shortest amount of time.
Early in their learning journey, participants will begin the coaching process working with an executive coach for six sessions, over a six-month period, with each session building upon their previous learning.
Executive coaching starts with an assessment. Through this process, participants will gain an increased self-awareness of their leadership skills. They will better understand their strengths as well as key competency areas that need development. All participants, along with their designated coaches, will analyze their feedback data, as well as their professional work experience, current challenges, and career objectives. From there, the coach will help the participant develop a customized plan designed to advance leadership skills and achieve professional goals. The coach will be the participants’ accountability partner in achieving successful development, helping them stay on track and measure their progress.
Upon completion of the Advanced Finance Program, participants will return to their respective organisations with:
The Advanced Finance Program is for senior-level executives and high-potential professionals who wish to accelerate their career development in the area of modern finance. This program is for executives working in roles where they need to significantly expand their understanding of finance or whose career mobility demands greater expertise.
Ideal participants will have significant career and academic achievement and will currently be on a career progression that has involved consistently increasing levels of responsibility.
Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor; Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics; Coordinator of PhD Program, The Wharton School
Itay is a professor of finance at the Wharton School. He is also the coordinator of the PhD program in Finance. He has been on Wharton’s faculty since 2004. He is an expert in the areas of corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets, focusing on financial fragility and crises and on the feedback effects between firms and financial markets. His research has been published in major academic journals, including the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Economic Theory. Itay’s research has also been featured in the popular press in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, National Public Radio, and others. He is an editor of the Review of Financial Studies and has been an editor of the Finance Department at Management Science as well as an editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation.
Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
Best known for his work on insider trading, Jeff has research interests that include corporate finance, investments, money management, and the effects of information on the behavior of security prices. He also has researched initial public offerings, regulation of utilities, the behavior of markets, the fluctuation of gold prices, the theoretical effect of inflation on the interest rate, the empirical effect of inflation on capital asset prices, the relationship between small capitalization stocks and the January effect, persistence in merger performance, and the capital structure decision.
A Wharton faculty member since 1973, Jeff received the Wharton Evening School's Outstanding Professor Award for 1989-1990. Jeff has been a frequent contributor to finance and economic literature in journals including the Quarterly Economic Journal, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Journal of Financial Economics, and The Financial Analysts' Journal.
The Nomura Securities Co. Professor; Professor of Accounting; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
A former CPA and financial analyst and an award-winning teacher, Robert has expertise in investment management and valuation. Prior to joining Wharton, Robert taught for a decade at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. He is an editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the author of Corporate Valuation: Theory, Practice and Evidence.
William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
Professor Michael Roberts' primary research is in the area of corporate finance and in particular: capital structure, investment policy, financial contracting, and payout policy. Recent work has examined issues including the design of debt securities and the role of control rights in influencing financial and investment policy. His research has received several awards including the Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper published in the Journal of Finance, and Best Paper awards at the Financial Management Association and Southwestern Finance Association annual conferences. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in Statistics and PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his experience at the Wharton School, he has taught at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Application Fee: USD 125 plus applicable taxes
Tuition Fee: USD 69,000 (inclusive of stay and meals for four 5-day sessions at the Wharton campus in Philadelphia.)